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The Huawei MateBook 14 is an all-around notebook

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Huawei is stepping up their game in the notebook department and their doing it by bringing to a lower price point some features that are unique to their ecosystem. This is the case with the Huawei MateBook 14.

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At this point, it’s pretty easy to spot MateBooks now. They’re thin, look premium, and have a distinct design for better or worse. The MateBook 14 inherits all of these qualities.

There’s the familiar fingerprint power button, the recessed camera that sits on the full-size keyboard, and a premium metallic look.

Also still present are dual 2W speakers that make for a fantastic viewing experience. And if you’re on Zoom calls often, they’ll work fantastic too.

It ships with a 65W charger that supports Huawei SuperCharge — a standard inclusion in new MateBooks. It has a 56W battery that should last you an entire work day.

As for ports, you get two USB-A 3.2 Gen 1 ports, One full function USB-C port, a 3.5mm audio jack, and an HDMI port.

On the software side you’ll get the patented Huawei Share. It’s the feature that lets you control your Huawei/Honor smartphone directly on your laptop by tapping it on the NFC unit. This time though, instead of being on the right hand side, you’ll tap it on the trackpad.

A sight for sore eyes

The MateBook 14 has a 140inch 2K FullView Display. It has a 90% screen-to-body ratio and a 3:2 display aspect ratio for that full-on immersive feel.

It’s TUV Rheinland-certified so when you turn Eye Comfort Mode on, you can be sure it’ll take care of those precious windows to your  soul.

AMD Ryzen inside

AMD Ryzen has been making a lot of waves of late and this notebook looks to offer much of the same. It’s equipped with the AMD Ryzen 4000 H-Series processor with AMD Radeon Graphics that promises to deliver quality performance and graphics.

As for the memory, it goes up to 16GB DDR4 and supports up to 512GB of PCIe SSD internal storage.

Pricing and availability

The MateBook 14 will be available in October 2020. Pricing are as follows:

  • R7-4800H/16GB/512GB/Touch Screen — EUR 1049 (US$ 1243)
  • R5 4600H/16GB/512GB — EUR 949 (US$ 1125)
  • R5 4600H /8GB/256GB — EUR 849 (US$ 1006)

Update as of October 9, 2020:

In the Philippines, the 16GB+512GB version retails for PhP 54,999. For a limited promo period running from October 9-24, the MateBook 14 comes with a free Huawei Classic Backpack and a Huawei Freebuds 3i (total value of PhP 11,998).

SEE ALSO: Reasons why the Huawei Matebook D 15 is an easy buy

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Report says MacBook Pro 2021 won’t have the Touch Bar

But MagSafe will make a comeback!

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Apple could be planning a major revamp of the MacBook Pro lineup, and it’s expected to go official in the third quarter of 2021. Interestingly, the redesign will include removing the Touch Bar and the return of the MagSafe charging port.

According to TF International Securities analyst Ming-chi Kuo, this will be the first major redesign of the MacBook Pro since 2016. Furthermore, it’ll have square-off sides like the iPhone 12, flatter top and bottom panels, and brighter screens.

It’ll be available in two sizes — 14-inch and 16-inch. And yes, they’ll feature Apple’s in-house processors that leverage Arm architecture. There will not be an Intel option, and Apple’s next-generation chipsets will power it. They’re expected to feature more cores and enhanced graphics.

At the end of November 2020, a MacBook Pro 16-inch with 12-core Apple M1X processor was tipped to be even more powerful than the M1 processor. Earlier that month, a MacBook Pro 14-ich model with Apple’s M1 processor was also tipped.

A report by TechRadar suggested that the 16-inch MacBook Pro model looks a bit slimmer. This could be due to the processor’s efficiency since it doesn’t need aggressive cooling like Intel-powered options.

Most importantly, though, Apple is going old-school and bringing some of the features we’ve always loved. The pill-shaped MagSafe charging connector could make a comeback, and physical function keys could replace the digital Touch Bar. Kuo has also hinted that Apple could provide ports generously to reduce dependence on dongles.

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ASUS unveils its new ZenBook Duo 14

Improved design, powerful internals, and a dynamic ScreenPad Plus

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ASUS continues to push the boundaries of its innovative products. Last year, they introduced the ASUS ZenBook Duo 14, a one-of-a-kind laptop which introduced the ScreenPad Plus. Essentially, you get a laptop with two screens that allow you to multitask and have more creative control. This year, the company is launching its latest iteration of the device, with some changes.

In terms of the overall design, the new ZenBook Duo 14 comes in a magnesium aluminum alloy chassis for a more sophisticated look. As soon as you open the laptop, it will still come with the patented ScreenPad Plus but with a hinge change. This time, the hinges that the ScreenPad Plus rest on are much stronger and incorporate ASUS’s ErgoLift in the process. As a result, this allows more airflow while you run strenous tasks like photo and video editing.

Also, the ScreenPad Plus’ UI gets an upgrade in terms of functionality with ScreenXpert 2.0. With this new Control Center, you can customize the flow of the applications on the second screen with ease. Apart from ASUS utilities and a dedicated Launcher, it also comes with a Control Panel that supports Adobe products like Photoshop, Premiere, and After Effects. Basically, you have more tools and settings to tinker with, to your liking.

All of these comes with powerful hardware to suit the creative mind or the young professional. Inside, the ASUS ZenBook Duo 14 sports up to an 11th generation Intel Core i7 CPU and 32GB of RAM. With up to 1TB of SSD storage, you can keep all your work files and projects up and running in no time. Also, you can opt to get the device with a dedicated NVIDIA MX450 GPU.

Pricing and availability have yet to be announced.

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ASUS ZenBook Duo (2021) Unboxing and Hands-on: Double The Fun!

Is it still the laptop of tomorrow?

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ASUS launched their first first dual-screen laptop, the ZenBook Pro Duo last 2019 at Computex Taiwan.

This 2021, the Full HD LCD display might be a drawback from the 4K OLED display. Still, it has a new and improved ErgoLift Hinge that ASUS is proud of. And with power-packed specs, pen support, and dual displays, this laptop might just be for a creative or content creator like you.

More of ASUS’ latest ZenBook Duo in our latest unboxing and hands-on video right here.

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